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Bolton: US has plan to dismantle NK nuclear program in year

Bolton: US has plan to dismantle NK nuclear program in year

Bolton: US has plan to dismantle NK nuclear program in year

Siegfried Hecker, a nuclear scientist and Stanford University professor, predicted it would take around 10 years to dismantle and clean up a substantial part of North Korea's Yongbyon nuclear site.

Meanwhile, the Trump administration is expanding the capabilities of United States nuclear weapons, asking Congress last month to approve the conversion of some high-yield W76-1 warheads to the smaller W76-2 version.

The Pentagon declined to address intelligence reports on North Korea's nuclear capability when asked on Monday, saying only that the USA military remains postured to "deal with any and all threats on the peninsula" with the goal of allowing "diplomats the space and the time to hopefully make progress coming out of the summit".

Pompeo will travel to Tokyo after Pyongyang to discuss the denuclearization of North Korea with Japanese and South Korean officials, a statement from the State Department said.

"All of these actions call into question North Korea's sincerity to denuclearize", said Olivia Enos, a policy analyst with the Asian Studies Center at The Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., who was in Singapore for the Trump-Kim summit.

NBC News and the Washington Post reported that North Korean attempts to hide nuclear work.

The country has reportedly upgraded facilities around reactors at the Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center and, according to USA intelligence leaks, maintained the operation of secret uranium enrichment sites while continuing to manufacture Transporter Erector Launchers for medium-range missiles. Recent commercial satellite imagery has shown some continuing activity at various nuclear fuel and missile sites.

The images seem to contradict Trump's reassurances that North Korea will fulfill their promise to denuclearize.

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The Press Secretary declined to confirm reports that Trump and Kim could meet in September amid the United Nations General Assembly in New York City.

"I think they want to do it.

If not for me, we would now be at war with North Korea!"

While Kim may seek to turn his finished weapons into security and economic benefits, in any agreement he will also attempt to retain enough of his manufacturing and research capabilities to allow for a quick resumption of his nuclear weapons program in case diplomacy falls apart, said Hwang Ildo, a professor at Seoul's Korea National Diplomatic Academy. The follow-up round of talks between the two men would come when world leaders are in US for the U.N. General Assembly meeting, Axios reported.

Together these reports paint a very different picture than Trump's post-summit tweet stating that North Korea was "no longer a threat" and his comment to reporters that he had "solved" the North Korea nuclear problem. They also say the US has an unrealistic approach to North Korea's denuclearization.

"We had good meetings yesterday and. the secretary of state will be there later this week to continue those discussions", she said.

"In terms of a timeline, I know some individuals have given timelines, we are not going to provide a timeline for that". In that summit declaration, the North committed "to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula". Collins stressed the need for "verifiable, unimpeded, reliable inspections" of the North's weapons programs.

At their Singapore summit last month, Trump saluted a North Korean general, agreed to end US military drills with South Korea, and emerged with a vague agreement that North Korea would work toward "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

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